Cruise Radio

Marcia just returned from Holland America Line's newest ships, ms Koningsdam. Koningsdam, a ship that debuted earlier this year, is now based in Port Everglades after her European summer season. 

Sherry has cruise news on: 

  • Star Wars at sea returns 
  • Boss takes 800 employees on cruise 
  • Fathom DR sailings now stopping in Cuba 
  • Royal Caribbean told, "the ship is too big to dock here!"
  • Listener question: getting a cruise refund before final payment

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Direct download: EPI413DEC2916.mp3
Category:Holland America Line -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

‘Twas the night before the cruise, when all through the house
Everyone was packing; have you seen Mom’s blue blouse?

The kids’ luggage was set by the back door with care,
In hopes that they’d remembered to pack formal wear.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of waterslides danced in their heads.

In the morning we got up and got coffee and fraps,
And we got to the terminal without needing a map.

When we got on the ship we avoided the clatter,
We sprang to the buffet to load up a platter.

Away to Guy’s Burgers we flew like a flash,
Next to the pools of kids making a splash.

The sun on the breast of the blue ocean waves
Made me think of a drink, which I started to crave.

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a goofy British man who was holding a beer.

At the site of him, someone beside me yelled,
And I knew in a moment it must be John Heald.

More rapid than eagles the cruisers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and began to exclaim:

“Now Sunshine! now, Glory! now, Pride and Sensation!
On, Magic! On, Conquest! on Spirit and Elation!

To the Caribbean and to three ports of call;
Now cruise away, cruise away, cruise away all!”

Some cruisers stood by and waved their goodbyes,
As the ship’s horn blew and the sunset in the skies.

So up to the lido deck the cruisers they flew,
With cameras in hand to capture the view.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the deck
The pouring of juice and some orange triple sec.

As I signed my receipt and left an extra tip,
Up came John Heald to the top of the ship.

He was dressed in his swimsuit, ready for the slides,
And he looked quite happy, with a pep in his stride.

A bag full of sunscreen he had flung on his back,
With a Guy’s burger inside, in case he needed a snack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! His dimples, how merry!
But his chest won the contest for being too hairy!

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
For he’d just heard the sketch for the comedy show.

As the senior cruise director of the whole Carnival fleet,
He would shake the hand of every cruiser he’d meet.

He had a broad face and he loved the food at the deli,
And in the mornings he room serviced toast with some jelly.

He was funny and kind, a right jolly old man,
And I laughed when I saw him get a bit too tan.

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know his skin would go red.

He spoke not a word, but went back to his work,
As he wrote up the Fun Times for our day in Grand Turk.

He planned out the bingos, the trivias, the shows,
And made sure to list when the ship’s bars would close.

He then sprang to the mic, to his team gave a shout,
And away they all flew, the crew so devout.

But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere we sailed out of sight,
“Happy cruising to all, and to all a good-night!”


Direct download: NITE_BEFORE_CRUISE.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

On this episode, we get a review of Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas, one of the largest ships in the world, based in Port Everglades, Florida. Hear all about Ben's seven-night Western Caribbean cruise. 

Sheila from Cruising Excursions joins us to give us the benefits of booking a group shore excursions. Turns out booking a shore excursion with a group is cheaper than booking on your own. 

Sherry has cruise news on: 

  • Carnival getting a new cruise ship
  • Norwegian Cruise Line launching another $50 deposit sale 
  • Norwegian opening Cuba cruises up 
  • Carnival Liberty back at the Space Coast 
  • MSC Seaside counts down to Florida 

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Direct download: EPI412DEC2116.mp3
Category:Royal Caribbean -- posted at: 11:53am EST

On this week's bonus episode we get a review of Disney Cruise Line's Disney Dream on a four-night Bahamas sailing from Port Canaveral, Florida. Hear a review of Disney Dream, Castaway Cay, and the food, along with entertainment aboard Disney Cruise Line. 

Direct download: BONUS001DEC1916.mp3
Category:Disney Cruise Line -- posted at: 4:18pm EST

Craig gives us a review of his four-night sailing from Miami Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Victory. Hear a bow to stern review of Carnival Victory. 

Sherry has cruise news:

  • Carnival orders another Vista-class cruise ship 
  • Carnival testing new dining policy
  • More cruise lines going to Cuba - who now?
  • Cruise line give Christmas gifts in the Caribbean 
  • NCL released their 2018 and 2019 cruise scheduled - anything noteworthy?

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Direct download: EPI411DEC1516.mp3
Category:Carnival Cruise Line -- posted at: 8:55am EST

We talk to Sheri from CruiseTipsTV and she shares the top 10 Christmas gifts for cruisers in your life. 

Later in the show, we get a review of a seven-night cruise aboard Celebrity Summit, round-trip San Juan. 

Plus, Sherry Kennedy has cruise news on:

  • Carnival will sail from the Port of Tampa a bit longer 
  • Princess Cruises got in a little trouble for pollution 
  • Royal Caribbean made it into the book of world records 
  • Carnival testing a new embarkation procedure

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Direct download: EPI410DEC816.mp3
Category:Celebrity Cruises -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

We get a comprehensive review of Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Breakaway from Richard Simms today. Richard just returned from a seven-night Florida-Bahamas cruise on Breakaway from New York City. He leaves no stone unturned on this review. 

Sherry has cruise news: 

  • Half Moon Cay gets new additions 
  • Harvest Cay opens to cruise ship guests 
  • Fathom cruise line going away in 2017
  • Celebrity Cruises cuts steel on new class of ships 
  • MSC Seaside is floated out of dry dock where construction continues 

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Direct download: EPI409NOV3016.mp3
Category:Norwegian Cruise Line -- posted at: 12:11am EST